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Comment Re:Professional journalists? (Score 1) 143

Much of the problem of course is that entities like CNN (which is 90% opinion-spouting, speculation, lady gossip and editorializing) provide a handy platform and amplification for attention-seeking political operatives and agitators because it causes conflict and controversy and thus drama! Which they think sells more eyeballs. "America's Most Trusted News Source", or whatever their tag line is, is a farce.

Comment Re:That's funny... (Score 1) 132

Doesn't pass the smell test... $1920/year (=$160*12) is the maximum income to be eligible for food stamps [...]

That's not what the county office told me back then after the Great Recession. Unemployment was still high (seven job applicant for every open position) and many people had filed for government aid. As a single person, I don't qualified for food stamps because I made too much money.

[...] but you somehow managed to live in SV and feed yourself rice and beans on less than $4k/year?

I was out of work for and lived on $1,600 per month unemployment benefits for two years (2009-2010). I then spent six months living off my savings while working 20 hours a month on a weekend job. When my Chapter Seven bankruptcy got finalized in July 2011, I had $25 in checking and a new fulltime job. I then spent the next two years (2011-2013) working seven days a week to stabilize my finances. Today I'm back to where I was financially ten years ago.

Comment Re: Shouldn't be too hard to catch... (Score 1) 25

That still doesn't explain what you're talking about. I assume it's some kind of dice game?

Kids these days...

The rogue or thief is one of the standard playable character classes in most editions of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. A rogue is a versatile character, capable of sneaky combat and nimble tricks. The rogue is stealthy and dextrous, and in 2nd edition was the only official base class from the Player's Handbook capable of finding and disarming many traps and picking locks. The rogue also has the ability to "sneak attack" ("backstab" in previous editions) enemies who are caught off-guard or taken by surprise, inflicting extra damage.


Comment Re:Did someone say bubble!? (Score 1) 132

It will be good to buy when the bubble pops. Assuming it is a bubble and not your own wishful thinking.

I'm waiting for rental prices to pop downward in Silicon Valley. My 50-year-old apartment complex is half-empty. The last time that happened was after the dot com bust (2001) and great recession (2009). A new apartment complex down the street opened Phase III of their development that isn't filling up and Phase II is schedule to open soon. New apartment buildings up and down the light rail lines are being built.

Comment That's funny... (Score 2) 132

When I was out of work for two years (2009-2010) and underemployed for six months (working 20 hours per month) in Silicon Valley, I couldn't qualify for food stamps because I made too much money (20 x $16 = $320) as a single adult. After I filed for Chapter Seven bankruptcy in 2011, I still didn't qualify for food stamps. You have to work 20 hours per month at minimum wage (~$160) to qualify for food stamps. I ate a lot of rice and beans during that time.

Comment Re:Beta testing self-driving vehicles... (Score 4, Insightful) 34

[...] worst case scenario we all die, the universe is destroyed.

That's a common misconception among people. Humanity can die off just like the dinosaurs and the planet will continue on for another four billion years until the sun becomes a red giant. Neither the planet nor the universe cares about humanity.

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